European Union May End Daylight Saving Time

On Sunday, 28 October 2018 last, at 2.00am, clocks were turned backward 1 hour, (called Fall Back or Winter Time) to ensure more light was enjoyed during these otherwise dark winter mornings.

A survey and an online consultation on Seasonal Clock Changes is now being currently undertaken, as shortly the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), may decide to end Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanently, resulting in next year, (2019), possibly being the last time that Europeans will be asked to set their clocks forward 1 hour, come Sunday, March 31st, 2019.

European Member States now have the chance to decide if they wish to stay on “Summer Time” (DST) year-round or to change their clocks once more on Sunday, October 27th, 2019, and for subsequent years.

Individuals here in Ireland are now being asked through this survey/online consultation to vote on such seasonal clock changes. See survey being currently undertaken HERE.

A majority 84% of people across Europe want the turning back of the clocks scrapped; that’s according to results of a EU Commission’s public consultation. This review, which is backed by a group of MEPs, will claim that daylight savings has a detrimental effect on people’s mental health, not to mention Europe’s energy use. While here in Ireland we see that extra 1 hour of daylight as a health and safety measure, aiding our motorised workforce and our young children who attend our centres of education.

The campaign in Britain, which initially led to the creation of Daylight Savings Time, was begun by William Willett in 1907 in a bid to stop people wasting valuable hours of light in the summer months.


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